SIIA Issues Final Call for Ed Tech Survey

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The Software & Information Industry Association this week issued a final call for its 2009 Vision K-20 Survey, part of the SIIA's "Vision K-20" effort toward developing a technology-based educational framework for K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.

The survey consists of questions related to 21st century learning, differentiated instruction, mobile/online access, assessment tools, enterprise support, and demographics. It's meant to be used as a benchmarking tool for individual institutions while also compiling aggregate data for a national report to be released at a later date.

"America's students are quickly adapting 21st century technologies in their personal lives. The Vision K-20 initiative helps instructional leaders incorporate those tools into our nation's curriculum, helping to prepare our students for competition on a global scale," said Karen Billings, vice president of education for the SIIA, in a statement released this week. "From the pilot survey last year, we learned that responders used their results to focus on the areas where the report showed they were making the least progress, by updating their instructional and building support plans."

According to the SIIA, "Responses are sought from educators and administrators at a classroom/course, school/department, or district/campus level. The survey can be completed in less than 10 minutes, and the responder receives immediate results, showing to what extent their technology actually supports their students' educational needs. As this survey is conducted annually, educators can see their progress toward achieving the Vision's goals year-to-year, as well as how that progress compares to that of education institutions nationwide."

The survey closes June 15. Further information can be found here.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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